Who are they?
Griffin + Bell Education Ltd
25-27 Heath Street
81 Fulham Road
London SW3 6RD
We have met with Griffin + Bell’s staff. In addition, 22 clients and 20 tutors have completed an on-line survey (sent to 235 clients and 93 tutors) and we have followed this up with additional short phone interviews with some of those surveyed.
The Good Schools Guide review of Griffin and Bell Education
The business started life in 2011 as Hampstead Village Tutors Ltd. Victoria and Matt Smith had worked as tutors for agencies for five years, since they were 21, and saw a need for an agency with a more personal approach. Three years later, they were getting client requests from all over London and decided to widen their provision – hence the need for the name change.
Matt is now the sole director of this very friendly service (no switchboard) which he runs with the help of Holly Morgan and Pandora Layton who deal with both clients and tutors, including interviewing the latter, and Abraham Hagos who takes care of admin, invoices etc. The team is split across two offices – one in Hampstead Village and (since 2019) another on the Fulham Road. Matt is an Oxford English graduate (and on the judging panel for the 2021 Learning Excellence Awards) who still keeps up tutoring, as do Holly and Pandora – ‘it’s company policy that everyone who recruits and places tutors also tutors themselves so we can really see things from their side,’ explains Matt. A calmer, more measured and judicious bunch you’d be hard pushed to find.
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